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Ophiops elegans

Ophiops elegans
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-06
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Panasonic DMC GF1
Exposure: f/8, 1/1300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-30 6:28
Viewed: 3729
Points: 10
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From my Turkey trip:

In the village of Yaylacik near Gaziantep I noticed this Snake-eyed Lizard (Reptilia; Lacertidae; Ophiops elegans elegans; Tarla kertenkelesi; Schlangenauge) found in Turkey and Central Asia. It derives its name from the fact that it has unblinking eyes: the eyelids are transparent, closed over the eye. Such eye protection might be needed in this tough karst landscape. Thanks, Omer (omereser), for your help with ID.

Post-processing: Picture taken with a four/third camera in RAW at ISO 200, 400 mm lens. In PS I adjusted the color temperature, selectively sharpened, darkened or stamped over bright stone parts.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-30 6:34]

Hi Dietrich,
Very nice photo of this Snak, great natural colors and fine details, TFS!

Hello Dietrich! Very good foto in Gaziantep. İt's Turkish name is "Tarla kertenkelesi" (=field lizard).This is Ophisops elegans elegans. This subspecies is living central, East and South-east Anatolia. Good job.
Greetings for Turkey...

Hi Dietrich,
Eidechsen sind momentan auf TN sehr beliebt - und ich wundere mich stets, wie man so nahe an diese scheuen Tiere rankommt ...
Bei mir rennen sie immer schnell davon, außer ich habe keine Kamera dabei, dann bleiben sie.
Deiner hier ist sehr hübsch, ich mag die kupferfarbenen Stellen and der Seite.
Gute Schärfe, interessantes Bild, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-30 9:22]
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Hello Dietrich,
So you managed to find this little beauty too and about the same time as I captured mine on Lesvos! They seem to vary quite a bit in colour. This one has beautiful markings and your capture is excellent. Lovely colours too and a fine composition.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-30 21:36]

Hi Dietrich.
I like this shot, which reflects the natural for Turkey and our region scenery. Pictured lizard is very cute and reproduced with all its features. Diagonal structure of the image is spot on. Only stone seems OE a bit. I am interested have you traveled by circle. My kind regards and best wishes.

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